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The Kolkata player got richer by $291,660 and pushed him up to second place on the Asian Tour”s Order of Merit behind American David Lipsky.

The Kolkata player got richer by $291,660 and pushed him up to second place on the Asian Tour”s Order of Merit behind American David Lipsky

ndian star golfer S.S.P. Chawrasia raced to a commanding seven-shot victory after carding a final round of one-under 71 to successfully defend his title at the $1.75 million Hero Indian Open here on Sunday.

The 38-year-old Chawrasia, who triumphed by two strokes last year at the Delhi Golf Club (DGC), registered his sixth triumph on the Asian Tour and fourth on the European Tour.

His four-day total at the demanding DLF Golf and Country Club’s Gary Player course was 10-under 278 (72-67-68-71).

The Kolkata player got richer by $291,660 and pushed him up to second place on the Asian Tour’s Order of Merit behind American David Lipsky.

“Honestly, this is very special to win back-to-back. I think this is one of the toughest courses I’ve played in my career. This is probably my best win of my career as it was a really tough course. I learned many things and hopefully I can play better in Europe. That’s my target next, I have to win in Europe,” he said.

Malaysian rookie Gavin Green, playing on a sponsor’s invite, finished an impressive second after signing off with a three-over 75, with his sterling effort sealing his full playing rights for next season after picking a runner-up cheque worth $194,440. IANS

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